Fireworks, karaoke and dogmeat... Happy New Year!
Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
63Trip End Jul 05, 2011
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Caution – the following paragraph comes with a disclaimer! Read at your own risk…
The next morning, Ted’s boys came tearing into the house to find me, shouting that I was to come “see the dog.” Taking into account my current location and the celebrations to come, I followed them outside a bit dubiously, with the sneaking suspicion that I wasn’t about to see something cute and cuddly
After the New Year’s Eve feast (yes, I did try some dogmeat – it had a smoky flavor and was very chewy), the family gathered for a candle-lit time of prayer in the small open-air building housing the remains of Nona’s parents. The elder members of the family took turns praying aloud and although I only understood a bit of what was said, I was moved by their fervent, sometimes tearful voices. After the prayers and singing, everyone got up to throw freshly-cut flowers on the graves
Then the fireworks came out. For the whole month of December, there’s been a light show every night, but New Year’s was especially stunning. The horizon of night sky flared so frequently that it looked and sounded as though we were in the middle of a war zone. Explosions of fireworks lasted from sundown, around 6:15pm, well into the wee hours of the morning, competing with the bombastic sound systems pumping out Indonesian dance tunes up and down our street. My travel friend Eng and his young niece performed a song for me and presented me with a traditional woven cloth from their family village. The men drank Bintang beer, the women danced under the orange tarp tent and the children raced around with noisemakers and sparklers. What a way to ring in the New Year!
Back to Kupang the next day to pack and prepare for my trip to Cambodia. It will be so hard to say goodbye to my new family here in Indonesia!